Surrounded by those she loved, Kelle Ann Connolly passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2022. She is survived by her mother Wilma Connolly; her husband Glenn Conway; sisters Cynthia Slevin (Edward) and Kathleen Connolly; nephew Nick Connolly and nieces Shannon Wozniak (Robert) and Rachael Ott. She was predeceased by her father, Edward Connolly; sister Suzy Connolly; and nephew Mike Slevin.
Throughout Kelle’s entire life she was always a beautiful soul with the kindest and most giving heart, and an inspiration to all who knew her. Since a young child, she was the strongest person known by family and friends. Kelle was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2 neuromuscular disorder at age 5, but never allowed her challenges to deter her from having a rich, personal life or completing her professional goals.
After graduation from Manassas Park High School, Kelle decided to attend college out of state; she received her undergraduate degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, driving her accessible van from Virginia to North Carolina while sitting in a locked down wheelchair. Kelle’s resiliency and ability to overcome any obstacle made her want more from her career. She returned to school, first attending Gallaudet University then transferred to George Washington University, driving to Washington, DC two nights a week and earned a Masters’ degree. Working primarily with young adults having special challenges for 28 years, Kelle served the local community first with the Department of Rehabilitative Services and later as a Transition Specialist at Stonewall Jackson (Unity Reed) High School, where she was instrumental in helping her clients and students often find their first job experience. Kelle always showed genuine care and compassion for others, making her so easy to love with her fashionista style from head to toe and the amazing light she had making her so loved by all.
A viewing will be held at Olde Towne Funeral Home of Manassas, 9320 West Street – Manassas, VA 20110 on Tuesday July 5, 2022 from 5PM-7PM. A Mass of the Christian burial will be held at All Saints Catholic Church, 9300 Stonewall Road – Manassas, VA 20110 on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 10:00AM. The interment will follow at Stonewall Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Kelle Connolly to Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center, Haymarket, VA (https://www.rainbowriding.org/).